La Paloma

Travel Guide
Cape Santa Maria Lighthouse which includes a lighthouse

On Uruguay’s east coast is La Paloma, a relaxed beach town famous for its surf spots, whale watching and free summer concerts.

Perched on a peninsula on the east coast of Uruguay is laid-back La Paloma. A popular summer retreat among South Americans and Europeans alike, the town beckons with its beaches and surfing, free concerts, birdlife and whale watching.

Most visitors to La Paloma head straight to the beach for sunbathing, swimming and surfing. Closest to the town center are La Balconada and Bahía Chica beaches. The clean and calm water of La Balconada is popular with swimmers while at Bahía Chica you can rent kayaks and paddle out to the small island, Isla de la Tuna.

If you are here for the surf then go to Los Botes and Anaconda beaches to discover consistent waves of up to 6.5 feet (2 meters). To the east of town is La Aguada, a long stretch of beach that is ever popular in the summer months and a favored hangout of advanced surfers. You’ll find surf rental shops located along Avenida Solari, La Paloma’s main street, in addition to surf schools offering lessons.

Stroll along Avenida Solari to spot the huge skeleton of a southern right whale. Visit the Coastal Marine Interpretive Center to see another whale skeleton plus information on whales and dolphins. From July through October you can spot migrating southern right whales swim within 650 feet (200 meters) of the coastline. Watch them from the beach in front of the lighthouse or from the observation platform at Costa Azul, an easy 40-minute walk east from town.

Don’t miss out on a visit to Laguna de Rocha, a sprawling lagoon and natural bird habitat. Over 200 bird species make the lagoon their home, including the rare black-necked swan. The lagoon’s southern end is an enjoyable 1-hour walk along the beach from the lighthouse.

La Paloma is accessible by bus from Montevideo and Punta del Este, and Chui in Brazil. Peak season is from January through February, when you can also enjoy free concerts on the beaches and in the many bars and restaurants.

UY Proa Sur Hotel
UY Proa Sur Hotel
3 out of 5
Avenida Nicolas Solari esq. Del Faro, La Paloma, Rocha, 27.001
The price is $72 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in La Paloma. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Casino La Paloma and Cape Santa ...
4/5 Very Good! (102 reviews)
"Located near lighthouse, beach and main restaurant and shopping area."

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

UY Proa Sur Hotel
Bungalows Costa Esmeralda
Bungalows Costa Esmeralda
3 out of 5
Av.Botavara and Calle 13, La Paloma, Rocha, 27001
Stay at this 3-star beach resort in La Paloma. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Beach Balconada and Andresito Municipal ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great views, great beach
"Great little bungalow. Very quaint and peaceful."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

Bungalows Costa Esmeralda
Hotel Palma de Mallorca
Hotel Palma de Mallorca
3 out of 5
Avenida Costanera y Avenida Falco, La Paloma, Rocha, 27001
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in La Paloma. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a children's pool. Popular attractions Aguada Beach and Andresito Municipal ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (9 reviews)
"Excellent, muy amable!!"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

Hotel Palma de Mallorca
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sotavento Apart Hotel
Sotavento Apart Hotel
3 out of 5
Tres Marias s/n, La Paloma, Rocha, 27001
The price is $70 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in La Paloma. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (19 reviews)
"The hotel is comfortable and clean, in a lovely setting and reasonably close to the restaurants."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Sotavento Apart Hotel
Fontana Bungalows & Apartamentos
Fontana Bungalows & Apartamentos
2.5 out of 5
Rambla costanera de La Aguada s/nº,, 27002, La Paloma, Rocha, Uruguay, La Paloma, Rocha, 27001
Stay at this apartment in La Paloma. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Aguada Beach and Andresito Municipal Stadium are ...
Fontana Bungalows & Apartamentos
Aloe Village Aparthotel
Aloe Village Aparthotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle 63 esq. 59, La Paloma, Rocha, 27001
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in La Paloma. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Beach Balconada and Andresito Municipal ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Encantadora estancia
"Un lugar muy agradable y cómodo cerca de la playa. Encantador todo, servicio super personalizado y siempre atentos a cumplir las necesidades. El apartamento tiene todo lo que necesitas. Hermoso lugar de ambiente relajado en la Paloma"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2019

Aloe Village Aparthotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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